ASA applauds passing of Great American Outdoors Act
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The body that represents the fishing tackle industry in the USA has applauded the passing of an historic public lands bill.
By a comfortable majority, the US Senate yesterday passed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark legislative package to fund access to, and the maintenance of, the nation’s public lands.
“In these incredibly challenging times, it is heartening to see the US Senate come together and overwhelmingly support something so integral to our economy and way of life – our public lands,” said Mike Leonard, Vice President of Government Affairs for the American Sportfishing Association (ASA).
“The sportfishing industry is grateful to the Senate leadership and many Great American Outdoors Act Senate champions for prioritising this truly historic bill and working tirelessly to ensure its passage.”
The act would permanently fund the highly successful Land and Water Conservation Fund, which for the last five decades has helped to provide access to recreational areas, trails and waterways throughout the US. It would also establish a new programme to improve the deteriorating infrastructure of the country’s national parks and forests.
“Anglers across the country played a significant role in making sure the recreational fishing community’s voice was heard in support of this bill,” added Leonard. “Through Keep America Fishing, thousands of emails were sent to the Senate, reaching 96 senators in total, urging them to vote yes. Our community’s voice will still be needed as the bill now moves to the House of Representatives.
“Public lands support recreational fishing opportunities throughout the country. Anglers will benefit from the enactment of the Great American Outdoors Act for generations to come.”